A few months ago I discovered Quercus & Co and immediately shared them with you. Since then I’ve happily added one of their incredible pieces to my home – the eat-in area of the kitchen to be exact, right next to my depression era kitchen cabinet. I chose this space to hang my Scarf in Freya No. 1 because I love the way the greys in the print play off of the wall behind it and the slightly darker shade on the wall adjacent to it. The artwork is actually printed on canvas which gives a great physical weight and texture to the entire piece. I’m hoping to use one of Quercus & Co’s more graphic wallpapers in a small area of my new house, too!
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It seems like the artists I’m gravitating towards lately are extra whimsical in their style. Lizzy Stewart is case in point. Her work makes me simultaneously long for late summer evenings and crisp fall days. A tall order for a July day in the south!
Sarah Burwash has a definitive gift for telling stories with her folksy style of illustration. I feel like I want to see a fully illustrated version of Little House on the Prairie full of her work, which oozes intention and pioneer spirit. A match made in heaven.
Five things you need to know about Au Prints.
1. Au Prints is a set of art prints with gold ink manually applied.
2. All prints are reproductions of Teresa Esgaio original drawings.
3. Each print represents a moment that really happened in the past.
4. All of them are limited to 100 copies and each piece is signed, numbered and stamped.
5. They’re totally awesome.
01/ Twenties is a tongue-in-cheek look at that magical decade of life.
02/ Sheer scarves printed with satellite imagery of cities by night.
03/ Pretty pressed glass knobs from Tom Dixon.
04/ The Pocket Art Director just made shopping for your designer friends that much easier.
05/ This abandoned Bangkok shopping mall hides a fishy secret!
06/ I’m 34 and I want one of these modern Miniio dollhouses.
07/ Painted typography created from manipulated paint splatters. WOW.
08/ Would you take on this dangerously fun cliffside Slip ‘n Slide?!
09/ Swing on your lawn with the Field Hammock!
10/ This dad created letters of food to teach his daughter the alphabet.
This week on Design Crush:
The mind-blowing paintings of Koen van den Broek.
The personal story behind the fresh ink of my latest two tattoos.
Screen prints layered over color washes from Vivian & Beverly Studio.
Eight canine collars for your partner in crime.
The beautiful, sometimes creepy art of Miss Take.
Another personal bit about how I (kind of) quite sugar (because I had to).
Pastel on vellum has never looked so good thanks to Cathy Daley.
Toronto-based artist Cathy Daley works almost exclusively with black pastel on translucent vellum for her drawings, making the women in black tights that she prefers as subject matter almost seem to float in space. I love the magical, messy end result.
Drawing on persistent cultural images inspired by ballerina tutus, the garb of fairy-tale princesses and Barbie doll couture, my work investigates childhood memories of what it means to be female in Western culture and explores cultural representation of the feminine and the body. The drawings mine contemporary vocabularies of glamour, fashion, popular culture, cartoons, street signage, Hollywood cinema, fairy tales, and mythology, to examine the iconography of the feminine as it exists in the cultural imaginary, personal memory, and fantasy.
Anona Studio creates incredible hand-drawn and hand-painted seasonal print collections that can be featured on anything from a throw pillow to a skirt in the apparel and home decor industries. Bright colors and details adorn my favorite – Project #3. Inspired by origami, Anona created and printed their original designs onto paper and folded them before each one was photographed and digitally manipulated.
01/ Nineteen breathtaking patterns found on Earth’s surface.
02/ What I wouldn’t give for a closetful of these minimal triangle hangers!
03/ Loving these gold foiled invitations that avoid feeling overly precious.
04/ Twelve lessons on climate change architects can learn from New Orleans.
05/ Here’s that BBQ-inspired typeface you didn’t know you needed.
06/ The stunning, unexpected colors of Antarctica and its penguins.
07/ I love a good multitasking credenza!
08/ Legendary fairytale princesses have gone wild in these mug shots.
09/ Tips on bouncing back from design and DIY failures, because we’ve all been there.
10/ Are flavored ice cubes the new popsicle – same idea, different form? (And good in cocktails!)
This week on Design Crush:
This month’s music is here! Listen to Mixtape #37: In the Blackness of Magic.
Butts have never looked as good as they do in the paintings of Helena Wurzel.
An uncensored moving update on my slooow relocation to Pittsburgh.
Beautiful ceramics from Caroline Gomez for your home.
Notepads are my favorite.
Rikka Sormunen‘s super flat illustrations are so, so good.
Check out these 12 June DIYs to get your creative on.
Join me (and my pup Bebe!) for #Destination Summer’s Oklahoma City stop!
Then check out the simple summer picnic bites I put together for a little backyard get together.
Los Angeles born and bred illustrator Dan Bob Thompson has an impressive history of working for both Disney and Cartoon Network before striking out on his own as a freelancer. I love the stories each of Dan’s pieces seem to tell in one quick glance, along with the interesting perspectives he takes on in his work. I’ll fore sure be keeping at eye on this one.
I’m crushing hard on the work of Finnish artist Rikka Sormunen these days, particularly her illustrations. In a world of crazy visual effects and all too real 3D simulations, it’s refreshing to lay eyes on some exceptionally beautiful 2D art. (And once again, there’s that muted retro color palette that I fall for time and time and time again!)
(vid Creature Comforts)